In Hip Hop History Today “Ms. Melodie was born” March 21, 1969

Ms. Melodie, who’s name was Ramona Parker was born March 21, 1969 – July 17, 2012. She was associated with KRS-One’s group Boogie Down Productions and was for a time married to KRS-One, until the couple’s divorce in 1992. She was described by Vibe as “one of the ladies who could sonically spar with the fellas, spit raw lyrics, rhyme from a female’s perspective, and hold their own. She was raised in the Flatbush section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. She was the older sister of former BDP member Harmony. Ms. Melodie and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. Her only album, Diva was released the following year by Jive/RCA Records and was largely produced by KRS-One, with contributions from Sam Sever and the Awesome 2’s DJ Teddy Tedd. The single “Wake Up, Wake Up” reached the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart; the music video to its follow-up single “Live on Stage” was a hit. Parker died on July 17, 2012 at the age of 43. The cause of her death was not revealed publicly. R.I.P. Ms. Melodie. Listen to Communication above.

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